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Former Sen. Scott Brown joins Kadant's board of directors

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WESTFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown was appointed to Kadant Incorporated's board of directors on Wednesday.

Brown's appointment was made following the retirement of Mr. Francis L. McKone, who has been a board member since 1998.

"During his time in public office, Senator Brown has gained a wealth of experience on local, state, national and international issues and I am pleased that he has agreed to join our board of directors," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. "His good judgment and pragmatic approach to solving problems will be a strong asset to Kadant as we continue to grow our business throughout the world.

Brown recently announced that although he gave serious thought to running in the June special election to replace John Kerry, he ultimately decided against it. Brown was defeated in November by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to Kadant and learn more about the challenges of an international business," Brown said. "Kadant has been on the forefront of designing and manufacturing equipment to recycle and produce paper for decades. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences and contributing to the future direction and growth of this global leader."

Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Kadant is based in Westford, Mass., with revenues of $335 million in 2011 and 1,700 employees in 17 countries worldwide. One of Kadant's principal manufacturing facilities is in Auburn.

Another former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, Paul Tsongas, also served on the board of directors in the 1990s.

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